FC Heanor’s Taverners League Cup final against Florence Nightingale truly was a game of two halves, an epic encounter that ended 3-3 before FC Heanor triumphed 3-2 on penalties.
The game took place at AFC Borrowash Victoria Ground and in the first half, Florence Nightingale spead into an almost unassailable 3-0 lead due to a very out of character performance by FC Heanor.
After a very stern talking to by manager Nick Milne, FC Heanor came out in the second half all fired up.
Almost instantly, FC Heanor’s leading goalscorer Jay West fired home to bring to give the boys in blue some hope of clawing back the game.
Next to score for Heanor was Stephen Guilor with a thunderbolt. As the 200-strong crowd roared on FC Heanor, they began to pepper Florence Nightingale’s goal, hitting the woodwork twice.
Then, with minutes to go, FC Heanors Nathan Poyer rose in the box to head home to bring the scores level after 90 minutes.
It then went straight into penalties. After each team had taken five, Florence Nightingale has scored only two due to some amazing saves by FC Heanor’s goalkeeper Kyle Houseman. However, Heanor haD scored three which gave them the victory.
It was truly a Cup Final to remember for many years to come for the FC Heanor team and their supporters.
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